Exhibitions

TALES BY MOONLIGHT

Tone Memphis / 2234 Lamar Ave. July 23 - 31st

Nic Aziz, Jessica Gatlin, Denzel Sterling Porter, Anthony George II, Shorin Nicholas, Sharon Norwood, Aimee Everett, Tangela X Pussi Dusse, Amanzi Arnett, and Grae Williams, DJ Amy Dee

TONE invites you to the debut of Tales By Moonlight, an exhibition that explores Black folklore, storytelling, and spiritualism along with the evolutions of oral traditions through the endurance of colonialism.

On July 23rd from 4-7p.m., the unveiling of the show will consist of an interpretation of the tale’s being told by our ancestors through the lens of Black artists.

Featuring a wide variety of folks from: Nic Aziz, Jessica Gatlin, Denzel Sterling Porter, Anthony George II, Shorin Nicholas, Sharon Norwood, Aimee Everett, Tangela X Pussi Dusse, Amanzi Arnett, and Grae Williams to engage in their own oral traditions. Alongside our artists will be sounds by DJ Amy Dee.

Black folklore consists of oral stories depicting the struggles and the triumphs born from the journey of enslaved Black men and women, passing down the wisdom from generation to generation. Through storytelling all of life’s lessons are both taught and learned.

Converting Black folks from their indigenous beliefs to a more digestible religion that forced our people to believe in Jesus, less of the messiah, and more of a white man, reinforcing superiority.

The history of Black folklore teaches you to know who you are by knowing where you’ve been.

Our stories being told at the exhibition will tell the tale’s of where we are going.

Accompanying this exhibition, there will be a mini library installation curated by TONE staff. Attendees can browse the library for books about African Spiritualism, Black folklore, and oral traditions.

So pull up and check out the work conjured up from some of your favorite local artists.